The suspect identified as Chibuzor Eze said to be a family friend of the boy, who hails from Umuifa village in Oru-East Local Government Area of the state was playing with the boy near the family compound at about 8am when she allegedly took him to Owerri, where the kidnap was said to have been hatched.
It was gathered that the suspect allegedly sold the little boy for N150,000, as the buyer promised to pay the balance later. However, luck ran out on the suspects after a lady in the village who recognised the boy was said to have raised the alarm when she sighted the woman with him.
Eze and the alleged buyer were handed over to officers at Omuma Police Division in Oru-East LGA.
The boy’s grandfather, Benjamin Nkemakolam, thanked God for his grandson’s rescue, and expressed surprise that the banana seller, who he considered a member of the family, could harbour evil against the family.
The boy’s uncle, Chigozie Nkemakolam, described Eze’s actions as surprising and embarrassing as “she had joined them to look for the boy she allegedly kidnapped.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Imo State, Andrew Enwerem, said he had yet to be briefed on the matter.